March Round-up

So here it is, very nearly mid-April and I have yet to post about the awesome sewing I did last month.  To be honest, I haven’t even photographed any of it yet.  So this will be a mostly boring post without pictures of the cool things I did.  I did do quite a bit of sewing though.  I started work on a Star Wars costume for a client/Eric’s friend.  I patterned out pants, a new version of the undertunic I did for Eric’s costume, a new overtunic with epic hood and a new tabbard pattern.  I made muslins of all four.  The pants and the overtunic I finished to make them wearable for Eric.  See, his friend lives in Alabama so I made the muslins in Eric’s size so he could show the client when he went down to visit two weeks ago.  Yeah, I made these things nearly three weeks ago and still no pictures!

While Eric was down there I did sew my Shieldmaiden costume for March of the Shieldmaidens. So far I have just the dress done.  I still need to make my apron and beaded strands for it.  I plan on wearing this costume when we go to the ren faire this year.

I also did make the two Summer Concert tees that I actually blogged about already!  I’ll count that as a win.  Here are my stats for this past month.

Out:

2yds printed knit  - STASH (Concert tee)

2yds burnout knit – STASH (Concert tee)

2 3/4yds black woven – STASH (costume pants)

4 1/2yds muslin – STASH (undertunic muslin)

4 3/4yds muslin – STASH (overtunic muslin)

4 1/4yds hunter green moleskin – STASH (Shieldmaiden costume)

For a grand total of 20 1/4yards of stash fabric out and nothing, and I mean NOTHING, came in.  Not even a bit of free fabric made it into my house this past month.

Giving up new fabric acquisitions for Lent was the best decision I could have made.  There are a few piece of fabric I have been eyeing in various places but I have done very well so far this year.  So well, in fact, that I am confident I can really curb my fabric addiction this year.  I do know I at least want to buy some fabric when I am in New Orleans because that is my kind of souvenir and I will probably go out on Black Friday in November like normal.  Other than that I may allow myself to buy a few more yards, but I really want to focus on making a sizable dent in my stash this year.  Being a quarter of the way through the year and 48 yards used, I think I am well on my way to being able to use 200yds in a single year.  I think that will be my goal for the rest of the year.

I have already started this month out great too by using 6 1/2 yards so far.  Some of which I just cut today for my weekend projects.  Hopefully I will be in a photogenic mood next week that I can take pics of the new stuff I have patterned and sewn.

Summer Concert Tee

Have you gotten in on the Perfect Pattern Parcel train yet?  If not you should!!  Not only are you supporting indie pattern designers and getting some awesome patterns, you are supporting children’s education!  Originally I bought it for the Lady Skater pattern, which I have yet to make.  Instead I opted to first make Dixie DIY’s Summer Concert Tee.

Summer Concert Tee

I was unsure of the fullness of the top at first, but let me tell you all, I am in love with this pattern!  I got so many compliments when I wore it to work that I was quickly won over.  My bust measurement was just an inch bigger than the XL and I thought I would be able to get away with that since there is so much ease in the pattern.  The fabric I used had not been pre-washed, so I did end up adding a little just in case it shrinks when I wash it.  I used 2 yards of a printed cotton knit from  the stash that I got at Jo-Ann’s at least 5 years ago.  Yay for stashbusting!

Summer Concert Tee

 It took me all of 30 minutes to cut out the fabric and sew it up!  So easy.  I did make a few minor changes to it.  I took off the bands on the sleeves and lengthened the sleeves by 2″.  I also added 2″ to the hem.  I recommend this pattern to everyone who wants something quick and easy to make.  I love the hi-lo hem.  I love it so much I am thinking about drafting my own tank top version that is more fitted in the top with an attached hi-lo skirt.

Summer Concert Tee

I made a second version the next day at work on my lunch.  It also used 2 yards of a burnout stash knit.  This one was not as successful though.  The fabric is absolutely terrible!  It sticks to it self like it is full of static but it is not.  It is mostly why this piece has been in my stash for the last 6 years or so.  I didn’t finish any of the hems on this version.  I think it is going to be a around the house lazy weekend kind of top.

I love this pattern so much I am thinking about drafting my own tank top version that is more fitted with and empire top and attached hi-lo lower bodice.

February Round-up

So very very late in posting, I know!  I didn’t do much of any sewing last month though.  The sewing that I did do didn’t even happen until the very last day of February.  But I did do some and it did stick with my sewing resolutions!  I made two versions of McCall’s 6844.  Everyone has been making such awesome versions of it since it came out last year that I thought I better jump on the tail end of this train.

McCall's 6844

I am not going to post a review on PR because there 48 other reviews and quite frankly it is such an easy pattern there is nothing really to say about it.

McCall's 6844

I did make two versions though.  For the first one I made view C with the peplum out of 2 yards of crepe knit from the stash.  I got it from Fabric Mart in 2012 so I am glad to have used it!

McCall's 6844

The second version is my favorite though!! It is view B.  I used 2 yards of a navy and white striped Hacci sweater knit that I got from Girl Charlee Fabrics back in December, so it is from the stash as well.  This is what I made for #BlueFebruary. I did a hell of a job matching the stripes.

On a side note, if you have not ordered sweater knits from Girl Charlee, you are missing out!  I love this fabric.  It is light weight and super soft.  I cannot wait to order more from them. Too bad I have given up buying fabric for Lent.

I also used 3 1/4 yards of muslin to make Eric a muslin sport coat.  It was a failed attempt! I am terrible at welt pockets.  So I am setting it aside. I cannot say if I will get back to it.  The thought of the amount of work that will go into the whole thing is a bit on the overwhelming side.  This coming from the girl who will hand sew over 4700 pearls on to my next ren faire costume.

With that muslin I used a total of only 7 1/4 yards of stash fabric.  On the plus side nothing new came into the sewing space, so I count last month as a win.

Up next is my March of the Shieldmaiden costume!

January Round-up

While watching the Broncos get trounced in the Super Bowl tonight I decided to do my January Round-up. I had quite a productive January.  I made two garments for Jungle January, which was a blast this year!  I love that February is now Ferocious February too.  I have a couple of other projects that I have to complete first but if I can get them done before the end of the month I will definitely be making something for Ferocious February.

So, what all did I accomplish this month?  Well lets start with fabric totals.

This month I brought in 36 1/2 yards. I got 3 1/2 yards of black swimwear lining from Jo-Ann’s to line maxi dress I made this month, but more on that in a moment, and 8 yards of a cool royal blue for costuming purposes that I got for free. I also made an early purchase from Fabric Mart when I was snowed in and they had an amazing sale on chiffon and charmeuse.  I ended up with 25 yards of fabric.

 3 yards of each polka dot chiffon – one coral, one white and one black.

3 yards white with yellow print charmeuse.

7 yards of hunter green polysatin moleskin

6 yard free mystery bundle (not pictured)

The charmeuse is going to be a future coat lining, not sure what yet, so for now it is stash.  The moleskin is for my March of the Shieldmaiden costume next month. The coral polka dot will be an amazing Archer sometime soon!

 

I used 13 3/4 yards and gave away 14 yards for a total of 27 3/4 yards out.  That leaves me with + 8 3/4′s of a yard for the month.  I am working hard to be in the negative for February.  It is hard to keep the fabric purchases in check, but I am getting there.

The fabric that I did use included the 1 1/2 yards of leopard burnout for my Snow Leopard tunic that I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

Musings of a Seamstress

Musings of a Seamstress

 

I also made a new maxi dress to wear on my New Orleans trip in June.  I made it now for Jungle January.  I used 3 1/2 yards of a zebra/tiger print with a metallic leopard print over top stretch swimwear fabric with 2 1/4 yards of black swimwear lining.  I used McCalls 6700.  This is the first time I have made this pattern too.  Yay for patten stash busting.  Check out my review of PR of the pattern.  Side note, I am for sure wearing jeans and boots under this dress.  It was only in the 20′s a and snowy covered when I went outside to take the picture today.

 

Musings of a Seamstress

I also used 3 yards of plaid flannel for pj pants with pockets for Eric and 3 yards of the heart flannel for pj pants for myself.  The pink horses and purple/gray print were UFO’s that I finally finished.  These were intended to be Christmas presents for family 2 years ago that I cut out and never made.  Well it was time to get them out of my sewing space!

Musings of a Seamstress

Lastly I used 1/2 yard of mouse printed sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee Fabrics to make a new infinity scarf.  I love it!  I debated making leggings for my nieces but I got a little selfish and decided I could not part with it.  This was my first purchase from Girl Charlee and I really like their stuff.  I will be purchasing from them again.

For February I do not have a lot planned, just one quick and easy project for me and one super indepth, challenging and time consuming project for Eric.  The big project is going to force me perfect my welt pockets and mens’ tailoring, which make me super nervous.  I have put this off long enough, time to make it happen.

Snow Leopard – M5436

Snow Leopard tunic

Jungle January has been a blast this month!  This is the first piece that I have made in 2014 and I made it nearly 3 weeks ago!  When we were stuck at home with 12″ of snow I decided to get my sew on.  Too bad when I took the picture the snow was mostly gone.  Oh well, I am still calling it my Snow Leopard tunic.

Leopard burnout

You cannot see the fabric very well in the first picture but this is the pic I posted on Instagram after I got it cut out.  I used 1 1/2 yards of cotton leopard burnout that I got from Fabric Mart 2 years ago.  Yay for stashbusting!

I used my tried and true, McCall’s 5436 top pattern.  This is the forth time I have made it but it is the first that I have made the tunic length.  This is just one of those super easy and quick patterns that requires no alterations.  That is why I keep coming back to it.

Oh, hello again!

Well I have surely enjoyed my well deserved and much needed blogging break, but it is time to get back to business.  I have a bit of tidying up that I want to do on the side bar still to get my blog back in order for this new year.  I do want to share a few of my reSEWlutions for 2014 and review how I did on last years.  

1.  Complete the 2013 SWAP.  I still need to write a post about my plan, which will be focusing on my Adoption Dress as my connecting piece for both collections.  I think this SWAP will be great for me to do this year to keep me creative with how I am styling my dress. Fail!!  I am terrible with completing SWAP’s.  This is definitely not going to be on my list of goals for 2014.

2.  Use at least 100 yards of fabric from my stash, excluding any new fabric purchases this year.  If I purchase and use it this year it will not count towards that 100 yards.  Fail!  I did pretty bad using stash fabric for myself last year.  I only accounted for 12 1/2 yards but I know I used more than that I just didn’t track it.  It was no where near 100 yards though. Although, I did use about 50 yards of stash fabric on projects for others.  That’s good at least.  

3.  Sew more for Eric.  Last year I sewed him 1 pair of pj pants all year!  He has been asking me to make him a suit for awhile now and I may attempt that tailoring feat this year.  I have been getting suiting fabric from my current job, for free, to make my first men’s suit attempt with.  That way if it doesn’t work I am not out a lot of money and nice fabric. Meh, I did sew him a new vest early in the year and he did get a couple of new costumes.  One of which was the Star Wars costume that I almost entirely drafted from scratch.  With that in mind I am counting this as a success.

4. Sew a swimsuit for myself! I have a great idea for a suit that I have been thinking about since this past summer and I really want to try it.  Once again, I already have the fabric for it! For sure a win!  Leila actually made this my Sewing Dare last year.  Then the Swimalong happened and I posted a tutorial on Katie’s blog for elastic techniques.  I love the suit I made and cannot wait to make more.

5.  Sew a my winter coat for next winter.  I have had the fabric for this since last year and haven’t gotten around to it.  I am thinking about starting a coat sew-along in August or September for anyone who wants to make a coat as well.  Also a huge win!  I did make my winter coat and it is actually my most favorite thing I made last year.  

So what do I have planned for this year?  A lot, actually.

1.  Participate in a Sewalong every month this year.  There are so many out there now and I am sure plenty more to come.  This month it is Jungle January, next month is Blue February and then March of the Shieldmaidens.  There is also the It’s on like Donkey Kong’s shirt sew along.  Not to mention all the awesome contests this year on Pattern Review.  

2.  Sew more for Eric.  This seems to make it on my list every year and this year will be no different.  First up is a sports coat that I wanted to make last year but ran out of time.  Then there will be more costumes and a vest or two.

3.  Curb my fabric shopping and use my stash.  So far I am not starting out well with this as I purchased 19 yards from Fabric Mart already plus got a free 6 yard bundle because of it.  I am really glad Emily and Cindy’s Stashbusting challenge is continuing.  I definitely need it.  My specific goal will be to use at least 2-3 stash pieces per month.  If I can successfully do that while not bringing in future stash fabric I should be able to make a small dent in my stash.  I, again this year, did not add up my stash.  It is just to overwhelming to do it, but based on last count and what I added last year I estimate it is close to 800 yards now.  That is a lot of amazing garments just waiting to be hung in my closet.

4.  Use more indie patterns.  Last year I supported quite a few indie pattern designers by purchasing a total of 12 patterns.  I have not used a single one of them though.  I really want too, I just have not been able to bring myself to cut into them yet.  They are by far more expensive than any others I buy from the Big 4, but well worth it to support independent designers.

5. This leads me to wanting to draft more for myself.  I do it for work, I went to school for it, why shouldn’t I be drafting more for myself?!? Who knows maybe one day I will be one of the indie designers I like to support.

6. Tackle this ever growing costuming list.  I have a large costume list of wants for this year.  They include the Shieldmaiden costume for March, new semi Viking/Medieval costume for Eric, Star Wars costume for a client, Star Wars costume for myself,the nephew has mentioned a couple of superhero costumes as well.  Which includes Man-Bat, no Batman but Man-Bat.  Score one for random, kid!

I still have a review to post of my first Jungle January make and after tonight I will have a second one as well.  I will hopefully be able to get to those sometime this week.

Day 365: The End of Time, part 2

Musings of a Seamstress

So here it is,the very last day of my adoption dress project.  I can hardly believe how quickly this year has flown by.  You would think that this being the last day I would wear something crazy, unfortunately, that was not the case this morning.  I woke up an hour later than I normally do and was pretty late for work as a result.  So I had to rush a bit this morning to get ready.  I feel like today’s outfit is kind of a let down since it will be the last one.  So to counter balance that, here are my top 5 favorite looks from this year.

Day 95: April 5th

Musings of a Seamtress

My wedding dress!  This one is a sentimental favorite.  How many women can say they actually wore their wedding dress a second time?

Day 173: June 22nd

Musings of a Seamstress

I love love love this look.  This skirt is actually one of my favorite makes of the year.  I made so many versions of this skirt too.  This is a look that I want to turn into a single dress as opposed to the layers, for the upcoming year.

Day 285: October 12th

Musings of a Seamstress

This was a favorite because of how different it is.  Costuming wise, I have never worn anything remotely lower class to the ren fair.  I prefer the shiny fancy noble costumes, but this one was really fun.  It was so much easier to wear too.

Day 214: August 2nd

Musings of a Seamstress

While this was not the first time this year that I wore this dress, I think this is my favorite time.  I love the green contrasting with the pink belt.  Plus it is a super unique dress.

Day 25: January 25th

Musings of a Seamstress

For my last choice I picked one of my early on outfits.  I love this top paired with the red infinity scarf.  I also love the dress paired with it as more of a vest.  I just wish I had had my boots back in January to wear with this as well.  On my list of too makes for 2014 is a long vest that I can wear like this.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone of you for following along with this adventure.  I have had a lot of fun this year.  It has been challenging at times to come up with something different, but I managed to do it and I could not be happier that I did.  While we didn’t raise all the money that we need to join our agency, we are beyond grateful for the generosity of everyone who has donated this year.  Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!  I look forward to what 2014 has in store for us and our journey through adoption.

Day 364: The End of Time, part 1

Musings of a Seamstress

Warning: super nerd girl moment coming. Last night I finished season 4 of Doctor Who, hence the title of this post. I am heartbroken over the ending of the 10th Doctor.  He is absolutely my favorite! Him and Rose together were amazing.  I have not watched anything with Matt Smith as the Doctor, but I have read enough from other fans to know that he was not a fan favorite.  I am going to give him a fair shake though.  But David Tennant was just so fantastic as the doctor.

Days 362 & 363: Almost The End

Day 362: 12/28/13

Musings of a Seamstress

Day 363: 12/29/30

Musings of a Seamstress

Here are my looks for the past two days.  I cannot believe I have only two more days until the end of this project.  These last few days have just flown by!  In fact, this whole year has flown by.  I can hardly believe I have been wearing this dress for an entire year now.

Tomorrow I plan on sharing my top 5 makes and misses.  Then on New Years Eve, I plan on sharing my top 5 hits and misses for Adoption Dress outfits.  I wish I could share accurate sewing stats for the year, but I lost track a couple of months ago.  Next year I will be better about stats.  As for tonight, I will be cutting out patterns and watching Doctor Who.

Day 360 & 361: Making Plans

Day 360: 12/26/13

Musings of a Seamstress

I was incredibly tired yesterday.  Which is to be expected after cleaning our house top to bottom on Christmas to host our family Christmas party that evening.  Yesterday I wore my self made navy dolman sleeve top.  I have not worn this yet this year, nor did I ever blog about it last year.  I wish you could see the fabric better in this picture.  The weave has semi-sheer horizontal stripes in it.  Anger Management

The inspiration for this top came from one that I saw Selma Blair wear in an episode of Anger Management.  I searched high and low for a similar fabric and a workable pattern.  I found the fabric from Fabric Mart last year.  The pattern is a 1980′s pattern that I was gifted from a friend’s mother.  I would say originally that mine turned out pretty darn close other than color.  Then I washed it and it shrunk, because I didn’t pre-treat my fabric, so it was no longer as loose fitting as hers is.

Day 361: 12/27/13

Musings of a Seamstress

This is what I wore today.  Tonight I am sorta cleaning the sewing room after the Christmas tornado struck it.  I did manage to come up with a plan for the 2014 SWAP.  I will post about it once I choose fabrics for my pieces.  But for now my collection is being planned around what I can wear on my next girls trip to New Orleans in June.  It should be a blast and I will have a new wardrobe too!